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The 10 Most Expensive Neighborhoods in the U.S.

We count down the top 10 most expensive neighborhoods. Can you guess which state continues as the unchallenged leader of high-priced zip codes?

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10. Miami Beach, Florida (33109)

Median sale price: $3,250,000

Starting off the list of the 10 most expensive neighborhoods in the U.S. is sunny Miami Beach. The south Florida island city is connected by bridges to mainland Miami. Swanky South Beach is one of the most renowned areas, with its models, celebrities and colorful 20th-century architecture. Is your neighborhood in one of these expensive zip codes?

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9. Los Altos, California (94024)

Median sale price: $3,254,500

Situated in northern Silicon Valley, Los Altos is where, in 1976, Apple co-founders Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak built the first 50 Apple I computers in Jobs’ garage. Check out these 10 house hunting and home buying mistakes you can easily avoid.

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8. Portola Valley, California (94028)

Median sale price: $3,300,000

Located in San Mateo County, this picturesque town is known for its heavily wooded streets and ample natural trails. A welcomed escape for Silicon Valley tech execs to retreat to, the vibe here feels like being out in the country. Here are 30 things you shouldn’t do if you’re trying to sell your house.

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7. Los Altos Hills, California (94022)

Median sale price: $3,500,000

This affluent Silicon Valley residential community is located near the City of Los Altos in Santa Clara County. Despite its lack of retail shops, post office or library, its long been a highly desirable enclave for some of Silicon Valley’s wealthiest residents, like Google CEO Sundar Pichai, former Cisco Systems CEO-turned venture investor John Chambers and Russian billionaire Yuri Milner. Here are the 50 biggest regrets first-time home buyers have.

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6. Palo Alto, California (94301)

Median sale price: $3,755,000

Part of Silicon Valley and home to Stanford University, Palo Alto is headquarters to a number of high-tech companies including Tesla, Palantir Technologies, Hewlett-Packard and VMware. It’s also home to some of Silicon Valley’s best shopping and noted architect Frank Lloyd Wright’s first home in the San Francisco Bay Area, the Hanna House.

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5. Santa Monica, California (90402)

Median sale price: $3,762,000

Starting off the top five is this sunny SoCal enclave known for its bustling beach scene and hip restaurants. Bordered by the Pacific Palisades to the north and Venice to the south, there’s no shortage of fun to be had here amid the consistent agreeable weather. The ritziest of homes feature expansive swimming pools overlooking the Pacific Ocean and sprawling residential lawns uncommon in the area.

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4. New York, New York (10013)

Median sale price: $3,810,000

This ritzy zip code covers exclusive NYC neighborhoods like SoHo and TriBeCa. The sought after burrows of the Big Apple feature designer boutiques, hip restaurants, cobblestone streets and old industrial buildings turned into residential loft spaces. Homeowner Associations, or HOAs, are prone to abuse and weird dynamics. Here are 10 horror stories of HOAs gone wild.

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3. Boston, Massachusetts (02199)

Median sale price: $4,772,500

The city’s most expensive neighborhood, referred to as Back Bay, was a swamp before 1820. By the end of the 19th century, however, its location, isolated from the rest of the city due to the Public Garden and Charles River, made it a favorite among the well-to-do. It has kept its reputation ever since. Check the listings on online residential real estate sites, and you’ll find six major home styles reign supreme.

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2. Sagaponack, New York (11962)

Median sale price: $5,500,000

A luxurious enclave in Suffolk Country, Sagaponack is a village in the Town of Southampton. It’s known for its classic shingled mansions situated on expansive plots of land. And, beautiful ocean beaches are everywhere. Check out these 10 common home insurance mistakes that can cost you thousands.

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1. Atherton, California (94027)

Median sale price: $6,700,000

This high-class haven in San Mateo County has been crowned the number one most expensive neighborhood in the U.S. Offering tech execs an achievable commuting distance from Palo Alto and San Francisco, mega-mansions are the norm on almost every block. Many homes in Atherton are guarded with grandiose gates and exuberantly tall bushes to keep passersby at arm’s length. Follow these 8 steps to successfully purchase your first home.

Alexa Erickson
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